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"black codes" in British English

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black codesnoun [plural]

 us /ˈblæk ˈkoʊdz/
lawsintended to ​preventblackpeople who had been ​slaves from using ​their rights after the American Civil War
(Definition of black codes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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black codesplural noun

 /ˈblæk ˈkoʊdz/
US history lawsintended to ​prevent those ​people who had been ​enslaved from using ​theirrights
(Definition of black codes from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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